Abu al-Faraj Ali of Esfahan

Abu al-Faraj Ali of Esfahan

(ä`bo͞o äl-färaj` älē`, ĕsfähän`), 897–967, Arabic scholar from Iran. He is mainly known for his invaluable Kitab al-AghaniKitab al-Aghani
[Arab.,=book of songs], collection of poems in many volumes compiled by Abu al-Faraj Ali of Esfahan. It contains poems from the oldest epoch of Arabic literature down to the 9th cent. The poems were put to music, but the musical signs are no longer readable.
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 (book of songs), which provides detailed information about the culture and social life of medieval Islam.
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